SARNO WARS: The NC's Strike Back -- Lame Duck Sarno grilled on racist comments
In South Los Angeles NC Members packed the room of a community center to capacity not just to rail against the Sarno political hit job, but to demonstrate what good their own Neighborhood Council had accomplished.
It was at public comment when the first sign of trouble began to become apparent.
Neighborhood Council members took exception with BONC Commissioner Dianne Middleton's statement that the City "hasn't gotten much of a return on its investment in Neighborhood Councils." That sent NC Member and LANCC Senator Jim Alger off the reservation as he reminded Middleton of a litany of accomplishments from the stopped DWP increase to Sylmars highlight of Sexual Predators. His parting shot directly at Lisa Sarno proved to be an opening salvo that became almost embarrassing to watch. "Neighborhood Councils have suffered more bad press since Ms. Sarno became GM then they have since they started, I don't believe that is just a coincidence."
Sarno gave a brief presentation where she repeatedly described "fractions" on the boards. The word she was probably searching for was "factions" but she continued to repeat her word of the day no less than 6 times. This combined with her use of "if you will" provided for some humor for the evening although to her credit, she only used "if you will" 3 times in 5 minutes.
But the stunner of the evening was when BONC Commissioner Rev. Logan called Sarno to the carpet for what he described as "playing to the stereotype of race." This led to a testy exchange between Sarno, who should know better than to interrupt when she is being schooled by a Reverend, and Logan who took exception to Sarno's references to race in selected parts of her report. She never did get it and in the end looked quite pitiful attempting to defend herself. 3 other commissioners chimed in that they too shared the Reverend's concerns.
Then the fit hit the shan so to speak as NC member after NC member began to rip the report to proverbial shreds. Calling it a one sided, uninvestigated political hit piece speaker after speaker attacked the so-called report, many locating their own NC in the report.
Many agreed with the HRC report which suggested that while there were problem in the NC system, the NC's and not DONE should be empowered to fix them.
There is sure to be more fallout from all of this but if last night was any indication, the NC's have no intention of taking the attacks any longer.